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Parnell announces third-highest PFD
Alaskans will receive a $1,884 Permanent Fund Dividend this fall, Governor Sean Parnell announced this morning. It’s higher this year than it’s been in a while, and it’s the third-highest ever. The highest was $2,069 in 2008 and the second highest was $1,963.86 in 2000. Alaskans will begin receiving their PFD on Oct. 2, when it will be direct deposited into bank accounts and checks will be mailed. Through the Pick...
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Historical Society seeks answer to history mystery
The Kodiak Historical Society is trying to solve the mystery of a time capsule and the history of a commemorative plaque now located under Petro Marine. Between 1820 and 1860, the Russian American Company built a stone seawall next to where Pier 1 is now located, according to a statement from the historical society. The company built a wooden dock and a warehouse on top of the seawall. It stood for around a centur...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Official primary results
The official results for the Aug. 19 primary election gives Republican State House District 32 candidate Louise Stutes the win by over 300 votes, and opponent Carol Austerman moving from third to second above candidate Rich Walker. On election night and for several days afterward, Stutes had the most votes followed by Walker and then Austerman. However, subsequent counting, which included almost 700 absentee ballo...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Road striping to start soon
Several roads in Kodiak have been repaved over the summer — months ago for some — and the striping should be starting today. “They’ve just been waiting on the weather,” said Louis Rocheleau, the project manager for Brechan Enterprises, the paving company, “They’ve been in town since the weekend.” Some sections have been paved for most of the summer, without striping. Rocheleau said that was because the state was t...
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Kodiak rescue swimmer receives highest honor
It takes a lot to stand out when you and your coworkers spend every day as professional heroes, but the Association for Rescue At Sea found such a stand-out in Petty Officer 1st Class Rachid Arnick. A rescue swimmer based at Air Station Kodiak, Arnick received the association’s highest honor, the Vice Adm. Thomas Sargent III Gold Medal, on Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C. It recognizes his effort in a Sept. 21, 2013, r...
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard rescues hunters near Old Harbor
The Coast Guard rescued three hunters caught in windy conditions near Old Harbor on Sunday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter picked up the hunters after Sea Hawk Air and the Alaska State Troopers requested assistance, according to a Coast Guard report. The hunters’ tents had been blown away by 30-40 mph winds on Saturday night and the men were reportedly in danger of becoming hypothermic. The Jayhawk was able to land a...
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rocket complex still off limits
Civilian agencies still do not have access to the Kodiak Island site of an accident where a rocket carrying an experimental Army weapon delivery system exploded shortly after liftoff on Aug. 25. “We’ve been working with the Army there,” Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation program specialist Jade Gamble said. So far that work has taken place by teleconference, she said. ADEC personnel will visit the sit...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wells ordered to pay $1.4 million - Civil suit awaits trial date
Convicted murderer James. M. Wells has been ordered to pay $1,483,475 to the estates of victims Richard Belisle and James Hopkins. Federal Judge Ralph Beistline handed down the order after a restitution hearing Wednesday in the District of Alaska Court. Wells was convicted in April of the 2012 killing of Belisle and Hopkins, his coworkers at the U.S. Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak. Restitution of $770,47...
Sep 12, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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NOAA ship under way to Seward
A research ship that spilled diesel fuel into Womens Bay around noon Tuesday got under way on Thursday, headed to Seward for repairs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Rainier had refueled at the Coast Guard fuel pier and had moved to the nearby cargo pier when the spill was noticed, according to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation program specialist Jade Gamble. Absorbent boom...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak helps fill bookshelves in Guyana
Donors have stepped up to fill bare bookshelves in South America, prompted by a Kodiakan on assignment there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Michelle Weekly, formerly a teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School, has been living since April in Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the continent. Her first task there was to clean up the pigeon-infested library at Cornelia Ida Primary School. But then she also had to ...
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